Canada opener Bhavindu Adhihetty top-scored with 44 and Satsimranjit Dhindsa took three wickets for 50 runs to ensure a 83-run victory against Oman, despite Zeeshan Maqsood’s fightback innings of 63 from 62 balls.
In the final match, USA can thank its strong bowling performance as they won by six wickets at Kyambogo Cricket Oval, Kampala, dismissing Malaysia to 117 in 40.5 overs and scoring the winning runs in 28.1 overs.
Canada won back-to-back matches as a number of the Canadian batting line-up put in strong performances. The opening pair of Bhavindu Adhihetty (44) and captain Nitish Kumar (33) added 71 runs, before Kumar was dismissed. Navneet Dhaliwal then contributed with 31, before being run-out by Oman’s Aqib Ilyas. Rizwan Cheema scored a quickfire 42 from 25 balls, including four fours and three sixes, and Nikhil Dutta followed suit with 41 runs from 34 balls including three fours and two sixes as Canada finished on 274 for nine.
In response, Oman buoyed by its opening day victory, lost the wicket of Khawar Ali on the second ball of the innings as he was run-out by Adhihetty and that set the tone for Oman’s afternoon. Zeeshan Maqsood scored 63 runs including seven fours and two sixes to give some hope to Oman’s chase. It was not enough as Satsimranjit Dhindsa took three wickets and Oman were bowled out for 191.
Hosts Uganda batted first against Singapore at Entebbe Cricket Club and posted a competitive score. Three good innings from Hamu Kayonda (41), Shahzad Ukani (46) and Arnold Otwani (47), supported by 25 not out by Deusdedit Muhumuza helped the African side to 217 for nine in its 50 overs. Good bowling spells from Selladore Vijayakumar two for 39 and Anantha Krishna two for 37 gave Singapore an achievable target to chase down.
Singapore started positively and looked on course as Chaminda Ruwan (40), Anish Paraam (20) and Arjun Mutreja (35) put the team on 132 for four after 35.5 overs. Mohammed Irfan had other ideas as the Ugandan bowler removed the lower order ending in figures of five for 38 and Singapore being bowled out for 151 in 44 overs.
USA put in a great bowling performance at Kampala as it bowled out Malaysia for 117 runs. The wickets were shared amongst the USA bowlers with Timil Patel taking three wickets for 36 runs and Ali Khan (two for seven), with captain Steven Taylor (two for 12) chipping in. Malaysian batsmen Neville Liyanage (30) and Aminuddin Ramly (20) stood defiant in the middle-order, however, eventually relinquished as the team were bowled out in 40.5 overs.
In reply, USA only needed 28.1 overs to score the winning runs, Ibrahim Khaleel was the star man with 49 runs not out including six fours. He was supported by Steven Taylor’s 25 runs from 42 balls and Camilus Alexander 30 not out, scoring the winning runs with only four wickets down.
Thursday is a reserve day, and fixtures will resume on Friday.
The top two sides from this competition will be promoted to ICC World Cricket League Division 2. From Division 2, the top two sides will join four sides from the ICC World Cricket League Championship and the bottom four ranked sides from the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018. The top two sides from the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier will progress to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, to be staged in the United Kingdom from 30 May to 15 July.
Scores in brief:
Canada beat Oman by 83 runs at Lugogo Cricket Oval, Kampala
Canada 274-9, 43 overs (Bhavindu Adhihetty 44, Rizwan Cheema 42; Khawar Ali 2-48)
Oman 191 all out, 40.5 overs (Zeeshan Maqsood 63, Ajay Lalcheta 39; Satsimranjit Dhindsa 3-50)
Uganda beat Singapore by 66 runs at Entebbe Cricket Club, Entebbe
Uganda 217-9, 50 overs (Arnold Otwani 47, Shahzad Ukani 46; Anantha Krishna 2-37)
Singapore 151 all out, 44 overs (Chaminda Kumarage 40, Arjun Mutreja 35; Mohammed Irfan 5-38)
USA beat Malaysia by 6 wickets at Kyambogo Cricket Oval, Kampala
Malaysia 117 all out, 40.5 overs (Neville Liyanage 30, Aminuddin Ramly 20; Timil Patel 3-36)
USA 118-4, 28.1 overs (Ibrahim Khaleel 49, Camilus Alexander 30; Pavendeep Singh 2-34)
Fixtures for Thursday:
Canada v Malaysia (Entebbe Cricket Club)
Singapore v USA (Lugogo Cricket Oval)
Uganda v Oman (Kyambogo Cricket Oval)